Frugal DIY: Recycle Magazines into Christmas Bows!

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Now that you have purchased most of your Christmas presents this year, it’s time to start wrapping them all and topping them off with beautiful Christmas bows with Recycled Magazines. If you are feeling super crafty, you can save a few bucks on wrapping (well at least on the bows) if you make them yourself.

Get creative and use any sort of paper you have lying around. This time of year, we get all those magazines and ads from different stores that are bright or Christmas colors. Recycle those catalogs as soon as you are finished browsing. Or have your children draw an abstract design(or scribble) on a piece of paper in the color that most closely coordinates with your wrapping paper.

Here are the first steps…

  1. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4″ wide.
  2. Leave 3 of the strips the full length of the page.
  3. Cut 1″ off 3 of the strips.
  4. Cut 2″ off 2 of the strips.
  5. Cut the last strip down to 3 1/2″ long.

Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple, tape or glue it in the center. Shape the last, short strip into a circle and secure it with a glue dot.

Layer the 3 longest pieces on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with a glue dot. Add the next two groups of pieces, doing the same.

And finally, stick the loop into the center.

And you have a perfect festive bow.

*The size of your bow will depend on the size of the paper you start with.  Also, use this when you have a wrapping emergency anytime of the year, not just at Christmas!

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  1. How creative! I’ll have to try this. :)

  2. Since my cats eat regualr bows, these might be a great alternative to naked packages!

  3. I love it! Thanks

  4. I’m am going to try this today! I have a beautiful issue of the Martha Stewart that will be perfect! Oh, and thanks for the photos – I’m going to need it.

  5. instead of glueing can you just staple the bottom large ones and stick the very last one on top with double stick tape? I’m too impaient for glue LOL

  6. *work perfectly

  7. It worked! I love it!!! Thank you so much for this project, I really appreciate it.

  8. Nikki Sortland via Facebook says:

    We did this at our local MOPS group a couple weeks ago… I would not suggest doing it with scrapbook paper some of us tried with the scrapbook paper but it didn’t turn out as well my guess is that wrapping paper would work great as well as the magazines!

  9. Hey ladies, some of these are really cool and easy too! Check out the rose, and the one made from gift wrap

    Thanks for the cool idea Julie! :)

  10. Oh oops I mean Morgan, lol you guys are shaking it up over there! ;)

  11. I did this with the scrap ends of wrapping paper and they turned out great!

  12. we made bows like this with my kids artwork…they loved taking pictures they colored and making bows to put on the packages they are giving people :)

  13. These are so easy! Thanks for sharing. I have already made 3!

  14. I wish you had pinterest as a link so I could pin this – very cool!


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